With all the excitement surrounding the solar eclipse on August 21, many people have been asking about how to protect their eyes while viewing. This is a good question, since even during a partial eclipse (the total eclipse will not be visible in Santa Cruz), the intensity of the sun's rays can damage the retina.
In July, Dr Fellers was part of a huge community event in Santa Cruz, providing free eye care and glasses to those in need. Other services such as dentistry and nutritional consultation was also provided during the comprehensive health fair. For many, this was the first eye exam that attendees had ever received.
Dr. Fellers will be seeing patients on Wednesday July 19 in Soquel at another free community clinic. Midtown Optometry is excited to sponsor this wonderful event.
During your 20's and 30's your eyes enjoy a period of relative stability. This is a time when many people consider LASIK surgery. Discussion about protective eyewear for sports is also important and something that can make your favorite activity more enjoyable and successful.
Ages 16-25 is a dynamic time for your eyes. For many who have already been prescribed glasses for nearsightedness, the prescription will continue to increase slowly into the early 20's. This is also a time when a first prescription will become necessary for glasses or contact lenses.
The American Optometric Association recommends a yearly eye exam for Children. On average 80% of learning is done visually, so having great eyes is critical at this age. While children often go through school vision screenings, these only evaluate the child's vision and can overlook other functions.
While a pediatric eye check is definitely valuable, at age 3-5 your child should come in for their first exam with an optometrist to confirm that everything is developing properly. Learn what happens in a comprehensive eye exam for a young child.
Your experience at Midtown Optometry will be tailored to your specific needs so every exam is unique. Broadly speaking, however, people can be grouped by age and I will go over some of the touch points that we pay close attention to for each demographic in a series of blogs.
We get out of the clinic to attend some after school programs and help them with eye care during their extra curricular activities.
People spend more time on the computer now than ever and our eyes are feeling the strain. Computer Vision Syndrome is becoming more prevalent, even in a younger population. Eye strain at the computer is caused by a combination of 3 things. Luckily there are many great solutions to alleviate these issues including computer specific glasses lenses, anti-reflective coatings and eye drops to improve comfort and vision.
By far the most common question in optometry is to explain the three different types of refractive error, nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. This video will help demonstrate the physiology that causes blurry vision, all of which can easily be corrected by prescription glasses, contact lenses or LASIK.
Located between Santa Cruz's Westside and Eastside neighborhoods, Midtown has earned a somewhat relative identify that remains contests. The Santa Cruz Sentinel investigates...
How to improve your visibility behind the wheel with a few steps of DIY and a modest cost for clearing visibility through your windshield.
With so much false information circulating about the relevance of vitamin supplements for your eyes, it is important to look at the clinical trials. This article highlights the important findings from the main study, the Age Related Eye Disease Study 2. For some people vitamins can be useful, but for many, their benefits are not substantiated.
Research shows found that a newly discovered cell in the retina which is sensitive to light controls the eyes rate of growth and thus the myopia.
LASIK refractive eye surgery is continually improving. While historically, halos and glare at night were a challenge, wavefront technology has allowed surgeons to make more precise corrections to the peripheral cornea reducing these distortions.
With all this great rain and snow falling in California, don't forget to protect your eyes. Even on a cloudy snow day, there is a lot of UV light getting through the clouds.
Many employers provide a Health Savings Account to provide tax-free dollars towards medical expenses. These accounts can be used not only for eye examinations and co-pays but also for materials such as glasses, contact lenses and sunglasses. If your employer does not offer this type of accounts, they can also be opened individually.
Regularly measuring the pressure of your eyes is underestimated as a way to ensure the longterm health of your eyes.
Digital Retinal Images help our doctors evaluate your eye health, screening for diseases such as diabetes, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
We've invested in the some of the best technology, ensuring imaging, measuring meet you needs during a comfortable examination.
It's hard to avoid these days - spending hours each day on a computer is reality we need to accept and act on.